When making polls

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When making polls

Post by Vagile » Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:04 pm

I've edited Chum's words but kept the context.
Chum wrote:Poll answers should reflect the choice, but not the motivation.

For example, polls often offer the choices:

* Good idea, because FOO
* Decent idea, but BAR
* Bad idea, because BAZ

But what if I think it's a good idea because of OMG? Or a decent idea because of WTF? or a bad idea, because BBQ? I can still select good/decent/bad, regardless of my reasons, but putting the reasons in the poll discourages participation. For example, you might be able to see how the following poll presents a cognitive dissonance:

Who is the best GM?
* Chum, because we should find a way to feed the hungry and end war. Also, kittens are cute.
* Pengy, because suffering is the natural condition of humanity, and that's a good thing.
* Eldon, because I'm gay.

So my suggestion is to set up polls that offer the polled choices, without attributing their reasons.
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Re: When making polls

Post by Brune » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:47 am

You edited Chum's words?

I shudder to think what you edited them FROM....

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Re: When making polls

Post by Chum » Sat May 03, 2008 11:51 am

Brune wrote:You edited Chum's words?
I shudder to think what you edited them FROM....
I was wondering the same thing. As far as I can tell, that's exactly what I said. Maybe he fixed my spelling, or changed "motivation" to "reason", or some such...
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Re: When making polls

Post by Drablak » Sat May 03, 2008 1:48 pm

Chum wrote:
Brune wrote:You edited Chum's words?
I shudder to think what you edited them FROM....
I was wondering the same thing. As far as I can tell, that's exactly what I said. Maybe he fixed my spelling, or changed "motivation" to "reason", or some such...
Or maybe *she* fixed some gender errors in your post? :)
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Re: When making polls

Post by Cinnamon » Sat May 10, 2008 9:30 am

I forget, what happened to the defaults? If people want to get cute they can take the time.
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